Guest Post: Most Popular European Road Trip Routes

If you really want to discover and explore Europe, the best way to do so is to get serious with the steering wheel. If you don’t have your own means of transport, car rental companies like Sixt can offer you a cheap way to hit the road.  Below are some of the most popular European road trip routes:

Alpine Road, Germany

Alpine Road (300 miles long) is one of the classic drives in Europe, known for its scenic twists and turns along the edge of the Bavarian Alps. Although it offers quite an interesting drive, it is known to be very tricky as it spirals through a number of tiny villages and towns such as Bad Tölz, Oberstaufen and Ettal Garmisch.

You have to start at the island town of Lindau located on Lake Constance. Look out for zigzag lush Alpine meadows, ancient forests, snow-covered peaks and fairytale lakes. You get to pass through Zugspitze which is the highest peak of Germany and is known for its famous winter-resort of Garmisch. If you are interested in Europe’s historical palaces and castles, you would enjoy the breathtaking sites of Linderhof palaces and King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein castle.

The speed limit is generous and even though some of the turns seem deadly, the lanes are quite wide which compensate for the occasional hill climbs and hairpin bends. If you are hankering for a more adrenaline-charged drive, there are plenty of alternative routes around Berchtesgaden with precarious steep climbs. Why not take advantage of sixt car hire and chose a lovely German vehicle such as a BMW or Mercedes to really enjoy the full German experience.

Basque Circuit, Spain – France

The road starts off in Bilbao in northern Spain and ends at the coastal French town of Biarritz. Even though it is very much possible to complete the entire trip in a single day, it is best if you designate two days instead so you don’t miss out on the captivating sights along the way.

After leaving Bilbao, head towards Victoria Gasteiz, which is the second-largest city in the region of Basque. While passing through the city, you can get some amazing shots of historic architecture. As you move forward towards Pamplona on the AP-15, you will find fantastic mountain scenery on both sides. Pamplona is the capital city of Navarre and is very famous all over the world for its controversial “running of the bulls” festival. After Pamplona comes Biarritz in France which is quite a traditional little French town with lots of cafes on the seaside.

Celebsville Central – The Cotswolds

Not only is Cotswolds one of the most gorgeous parts of the country, it is also starting to be known as the Beverly Hills of the United Kingdom as a number of A-list celebrities are moving here from different parts of the country. You can start your road trip here from the east or west, either way; you will take the M4 to junction 17 from where you will go north towards Cirencester on A429. Cirencester is a beautiful little town, worth a short stay of half an hour or so. Continuing from Cirencester, take the A417 east and take the left turn to Southrop after Fairford. You can then follow the signs to rejoin the A429 towards north and head up to the charming town of Stow on the Wold. From the picturesque town of Moreton-in-Marsh which comes right after Stow on the Wold, you will eventually be taken back to the M40.


A road trip through a country gives you tons of freedom to stop and enjoy the sites!


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